Cristiano Ronaldo is frustrated but is he trapped in Turin? Juventus don’t want him, he doesn’t want to be there and – after his old Real Madrid boss Florentino Perez said they don’t want him back – it seems nobody can afford to sign him this summer
- Cristiano Ronaldo has cut a very frustrated figure for Juventus in recent weeks
- Speculation has linked him with a move away after a disappointing year in Italy
- He recently threw his shirt to the floor in anger and ducked in a wall at a free-kick
- Real Madrid’s Florentino Perez ruled out the Spanish giants coming in for him
- PSG remains an option, but only if Kylian Mbappe leaves them in the summer
Cristiano Ronaldo is annoyed. He is annoyed by ongoing speculation about his future. He is annoyed that the goals have dried up and he’s annoyed that Juventus are making it hard for themselves in the race for Champions League football.
His recent woes continued on Wednesday night after he proved to be the weak link in a key moment once again, ducking in the wall at a free-kick that gave Parma the lead in Turin.
Ronaldo was accused of ‘betrayal’ last month when he was criticised for turning his back on a free-kick against Porto, which led to Juve’s elimination from the Champions League.
Cristiano Ronaldo is not wanted by Juventus and it seems he is growing frustrated in Turin
Despite his desire to protect his face costing Juve a goal, they responded to beat Parma 3-1 and boost their hopes of a top-four finish. But Ronaldo’s frustrations are boiling over and he faces the prospect of being trapped in Turin.
Speculation over his future has grown since Juve were dumped out of the Champions League in the last-16 by Porto.
Were they wrong to build the team around him? Should all that money have gone to a 36-year-old when there are other areas of the squad in dire need of support?
Those were just some of the questions thrown at Ronaldo in the aftermath.
Ronaldo’s contract, worth around £27million (€31m), is due to expire next summer and, as he approaches the final 12 months, his usually cheerful mood has turned into anger.
Despite a 3-1 win over Genoa earlier this month, reports in Italy claimed Ronaldo ‘got angry’ with a number of his team-mates, including Giorgio Chiellini and Federico Chiesa after ‘poor passes’.
He is also said to have had a row with goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny for throwing the ball out because there was a Genoa player on the ground, saying: ‘There are 10 of them, we have to attack’.
Ronaldo ducked against Parma on Wednesday night, allowing a free-kick to go into the net
Ronaldo threw his Juventus shirt to the ground in anger after the game which looked to be another sign of frustration, though it was in the direction of a ballboy who had requested it.
The Portuguese star’s commitment was questioned again on Wednesday when, in a wall with Arthur Melo, Rodrigo Bentancur and Weston McKennie, Ronaldo clearly ducked to avoid Gaston Brugman’s 25th-minute strike for Parma.
The attempt flew between Ronaldo and Bentancur and veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon had no chance to get across to save it.
Andrea Pirlo conceded afterwards that Ronaldo may no longer be part of future defensive free-kick walls. ‘Unfortunately, these things happen,’ he said when asked if Ronaldo was to blame. ‘But we’ll evaluate (his role at free-kicks) over the next few days.’
It capped a frustrating night for Ronaldo, who has now not scored in his last two Serie A games. It may seem harsh to call that a drought but it is for someone who has 97 goals in 127 games for Juventus.
He was also booked in injury time for petulantly kicking the ball away after a foul had been given by the referee.
Ronaldo recently threw his shirt to the floor in anger, though it was in the direction of a ballboy
April has been a troubling month for Ronaldo ever since he arrived in Italy. It is as if the batteries start to run out in the decisive moments of the season.
Earlier this month, Pirlo told Italian outlet Tuttosport: ‘Cristiano is angry because he failed to score, it is normal that a player of his calibre always wants to improve the number of goals in a season.
‘His desire to win the top scorer award will not become a problem. Champions must always have a goal in mind.
‘If Ronaldo scores 35 goals, it means that Juventus will win the games.’
But if Ronaldo is to leave Juventus this summer, where can he go?
Realistically there are very few clubs who can match his salary and offer the level of competition that he still craves.
A return to Real Madrid had been put forward as an option but president Florentino Perez emphatically quashed any talk of it on Wednesday night.
Real Madrid and PSG are thought to be the only two European clubs who can afford Ronaldo
Perez, who is under-fire after spearheading the doomed European Super League plans, told El Larguero: ‘The rumours of Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Madrid are just rumours from his entourage. There is nothing.’
With Real also interested in Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland this summer, why would you take on such huge wages for a 36-year-old when the youngsters are better long-term options.
Mbappe’s potential move to the Bernabeu could open up a spot alongside Neymar at PSG. But if they are also not keen then it leaves Ronaldo trapped in Turin until he can leave for nothing next summer.
There is no denying that his astronomical wages have had an impact on Juventus’ efforts in the transfer market since his arrival and they will be delighted to clear his salary from the books.
But, if he is forced to stay put, at least his manager is happy to have him on board.
‘We aren’t thinking about it, he has one year left on his contract and we are happy he can continue playing for us,’ Pirlo said on Wednesday night:
‘We are focused on this season and we want to conclude it best way possible. He’s having a great season and last year he had a truly great campaign.’
Ronaldo failed to make an impact against Parma, making it two league games without a goal
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